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Black teen's family laments sentence given to white officer

Jan. 19, 2019 12:11 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The explosive video of a white Chicago officer shooting a black teenager 16 times shocked consciences around the world with footage of Laquan McDonald getting gunned down as he walked away from police. The graphic images of McDonald crumpling to the street while bullets kept striking him...

Winter storm slows travel in Plains states, heads east

Jan. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — After leaving slick roads and runways in the Midwest, a winter storm inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for the weekend from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states...

Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years

Jan. 18, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation's most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of...

Russell getting "conditional second chance" with Cubs

Jan. 18, 2019 9:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell's future with the Chicago Cubs is a tentative proposition. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Russell is getting a "conditional second chance" with the Cubs after he was suspended for 40 games last October for violating Major League Baseball's domestic...

Weekend winter storm sweeping from Midwest to New England

Jan. 18, 2019 8:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday, leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow. The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings from the Dakotas, across the...

Archdiocese removes ex-children's home chief from ministry

Jan. 18, 2019 8:21 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has removed from ministry the former longtime superintendent of its Maryville Academy for troubled children while it investigates allegations he sexual abused minors. The archdiocese says the allegations date to 2002-03 when the Rev. John Smyth was completing a...

The Latest: McDonald relative calls sentence partial victory

Jan. 18, 2019 8:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Laquan McDonald's great-uncle says that although it's a partial victory that the former Chicago police officer who killed the black teen...

Bears hire former Steeler Townsend to coach defensive backs

Jan. 18, 2019 7:39 PM EST

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend as defensive backs coach. Townsend played on two Super Bowl championship teams with Pittsburgh and has spent eight years on NFL and college staffs. He was the New York Giants' assistant defensive...

Pritzker signs pay-raise law for cabinet members

Jan. 18, 2019 7:21 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law allowing him to pay 15 percent more to his cabinet and assistant directors of agencies. Pritzker took action Friday on his first order of business before even taking office on Monday. He urged Democrats who control the General Assembly last week...

A timeline of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald

Jan. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on Friday to six years and nine months in prison in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times, including after the 17-year-old was on the ground. A jury...